We are pleased to announce that Mustapha Mustapha, MBBS, PhD, MPH, has been awarded a KL2 Career Development Award and appointment to the Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Scholars Program through a highly competitive process. The program is supported by the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). This KL2 mechanism is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program. The KL2 program prepares scientists from a broad range of disciplines, specialties, and subspecialties for independent careers in clinical or translational research. This award provides at least 75% protected time for research as well as a budget for supplies and materials.

Dr. Mustapha’s project entitled “Novel Bacterial Genomics Analysis for Hospital Outbreak Detection” focuses on healthcare associated infections’ (HAIs) significant contribution to patient morbidity, mortality and increased healthcare costs. HAIs are a major driver of antimicrobial resistance; rapid identification of infection outbreaks is necessary for infection prevention interventions. Dr. Mustapha’s proposal aims to develop novel bioinformatics applications and tools, which could be used to dramatically improve accuracy and reduce turnaround times for detecting healthcare associated transmission (HAT) and outbreaks. Under the mentorship of Dr. Lee Harrison, MD, and, Dr. Vaughn Cooper, PhD, Dr. Mustapha’s overall goal is to accelerate the integration of bioinformatics and bacterial genomics into routine hospital

Please join us in congratulating Mustapha!